Ice Cream Maker Supports Education, Youth

Ben&Jerry LogoPrivate Funder: Ben & Jerry’s Foundation; Opportunity: Grant Program; Funding Focus: Education, youth and social change; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Up to $20,000 each (the foundation gave out $2.56 million in grants last year); Deadline: April 14 (pre-application).

Summary: This may be a hidden opportunity for schools and youth programs. Funds also support nonprofit community organizations bringing about progressive social change. These grants have supported children/youth programs in the past. Fox example, the foundation recently gave $15,000 to the Oakland Black Organizing Project and the Bettering Our School System (BOSS) initiative that seeks to stop criminalization of students and end policing in schools; $10,000 to Post Oil Solutions to help schools in the Central Connecticut River Valley develop a communities’ food system, $15,000 to the Chicago Community Organizing & Family Issues project that strengthens the voice of low-income families and helps them to organize to win improvements in K-12 schools, and $15,000 to Teach Our Children (New Haven, CT) to keep parents and students involved in education policy and decision making. To see a list of past grantees:

Funding Tip: Ben & Jerry’s has an Employee Matching Gift Program. Employee donations are matched dollar-for-dollar up to $2,000 annually.

Info:; Lisa Pendolino, managing director,, 802/846-1500.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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